Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Welcome to the RN-BSN Bridge Program
The longstanding history of San Antonio College and the Nursing Program is evidence of the potential the college has and the importance of the expansion of services offered. The development of the Registered Nurse to Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Bridge Program will allow our graduates an opportunity to complete the Associate Degree Program, test for the NCLEX-RN to earn licensure, and gain employment. These graduates can then achieve their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to address the growing, complex needs of the community and healthcare system.
The collaborative effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in their report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health posit that “to respond to the demands of an evolving health care system and meet the changing needs of patients, nurses must achieve higher levels of education and training. One step in realizing this goal is for a greater number of nurses to enter the workforce with a baccalaureate degree or progress to this degree early in their career” (pg. S-5). Therefore, the San Antonio College Nursing Department's expansion of services offers an opportunity to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in healthcare and promote lifelong learning.
Institute of Medicine. (2010). The Future of Nursing. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/resource/12956/Future-of-Nursing-2010-Report-Brief.pdf
What is the Bachelor of Science Nursing program?
The RN-BSN Bridge program consists of three semesters of nursing courses to be completed in one year. The program is designed to be lockstep, meaning there are specific courses based on the prerequisites required completion prior to advancing to the next semester. The intent of the program is to allow graduates from the San Antonio College Associate Degree in Nursing to obtain licensure, begin working, and then continue furthering education while working in the community.
What will I learn?
The RN-BSN Bridge program consists of courses pertaining to leadership, community health, research, and ethics. Students enrolled in the program will learn essential tools to be a nurse leader and transition into the new role designated for a Baccalaureate prepared nurse. The coursework will provide a foundation for students interested in advancing education and leadership opportunities.
What can I do with this course of study?
Associate prepared nurses have assumed the role of the bedside nurse. Opportunities for leadership and community health are limited to baccalaureate-prepared nurses. With this course of study, the student will be expanding their knowledge and skills set to assume another role in the community. Students will be able to understand and apply research to practice. Gain the skills and knowledge to assume leadership roles in the clinical practice setting. Lastly, students will be able to assess a population and determine the appropriate recommendations that are necessary to support health promotion and illness prevention.
What educational opportunities are available?
The educational opportunities that are available for students that earn the baccalaureate degree are that they would be prepared to apply for admission into a graduate program. Accrediting and regulatory bodies have recognized San Antonio College RN-BSN Bridge program as a school that meets regulations to be able to grant a baccalaureate degree.
What's special about this program?
The RN-BSN Bridge program is recognized for many reasons and in comparison to other programs the differences include:
- Utilizes the concept-based curriculum model.
- Curriculum aligned with the Texas Board of Nursing Differentiated Essential Competencies for Baccalaureate Nurses, AACN Baccalaureate Essentials, and QSEN
- Capstone project provides an opportunity to allow students to apply knowledge and skills to aid in developing a proposal for a community/clinical project.
- Clinical opportunities with nurse and community leadership.
- Blended program with face-to-face and online instruction.
- Reasonable cost for education.
- Convenient, accessible, and familiar to graduates of the SAC ADN program.
- Familiar faces and administration.
The Department of Nursing Education at San Antonio College is approved by the following agencies:
Texas Board of Nursing (BON)
333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400 fax: (512) 305-7401
WEB Page: http://www.bon.texas.gov
Effective December 10, 2020, the RN-BSN Bridge nursing program at San Antonio College located in San Antonio, Texas is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on December 10, 2021.
|Last updated 5/26/2021||